Hate ListBook - 2009
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Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.
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Valerie and her boy friend used to make a list of people they didn't like .She though nothing of it at the time but later her boy friend end up bring a gun to school and uses that list as a way to target people. At one point he ends up shooting Valerie then turns the gun on himself. Valerie was able to recover physically but not so much mentally or emotionally no she has to go back to school and face her friends and other students.
This book is about what the title gives away- a hate list. This book revolves about the thoughts and memories of Valerie Leftman. The name of her boyfriend was Nick Levil together the two of them created a hate list. It was like a game- just jotting down names of people they hated. But one day the game went to far. Nick Levil opened fire with a gun in his school. The hate list was more of a target list. He started shooting the people on the list and anyone who got in his way.
After this incident Valerie has to go back to school and face the guilt. She has to move on to her life. And she takes time to find out who she is and leave behind the past.
Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.
Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.
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" Her father, who lives in Florida describes the incident as "the worst kind of tragety a parent could imagine."."
"Do you think I would've done it?" I cried at one point. "If I had a gun, would I have shot Christy? Because when Nick said, "Let's go get this finished," and I thought he was going to, I don't know, embarrass her or maybe beat the crap out of her or something, I felt so good. So, like, relieved, I wanted him to take care of her."